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The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Journalism

The primary mission of The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism is to publish and disseminate libertarian op-eds and letters for publication in newspapers, magazines and other media.

Our secondary mission is to assist libertarian writers in improving their skills, writing for publication and becoming effective advocacy journalists.

Unlike most libertarian media centers and policy shops, our approach is “ecumenical.” As opposed to laying down an organizational “party line” on issues, we prefer to publish a broad range of libertarian opinion. That said, we publish material advocating for libertarianism and libertarian approaches to issues, not material calling for exceptions to libertarianism.

The Garrison Center is not a 501(c)(x) institution. It neither seeks nor accepts institutional financial support and such support for its authors and administrators is not tax deductible. Center administrators and authors may benefit from site monetization, such as ad placements, “tip jars,” etc.


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The US government is trying to track down people who say things it doesn't like -- things which no reasonable person could construe as "true threats" -- for possible prosecution (grand juries don't subpoena people to offer them coffee and donuts). And it doesn't want you to know it's doing that.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Ross Ulbricht, Reason magazine, police state
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To steal a line from Obama himself, let me be perfectly clear: "Gun control" isn't about guns, it's about control. How do we know this? Because the evidence is clear. If the goal is to reduce violent crime, "gun control" not only doesn't work, but has the exact opposite effect.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, gun control, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton
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Ross Ulbricht was accused and convicted of operating a business, which coordinated the sale and purchase of goods between willing sellers and willing buyers, without the permission of people who think they're entitled to control everyone else. Full stop. THAT is what Ross Ulbricht stands convicted of. Ross Ulbricht was convicted of living his life as a free human being instead of as a compliant, obedient slave.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road, political prisoners, Preet Bharara, Charles...
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Back in 1992, US president George HW Bush stumbled over a grocery store price scanner on his way to re-election. Touring a grocers' convention, Bush gazed in "wonder," according to the New York  Times,  at technology well-known to everyone else. Bush went down in history as "out of touch"  with the real America -- and as a one-term president. How much more out of touch than that do you have to be to assert that "just 37 percent of Americans have more than one...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Internet access, FCC, net neutrality, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth...
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As reliably as seconds ticking by on an expensive wristwatch, Republican presidential candidates loudly and vehemently identify themselves as "conservatives." We're used to hearing politicians lie, but these politicians are telling the truth for once. They ARE all conservatives. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, lie constantly about their political orientations. They label themselves "liberals" or even "progressives." But they...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, elections, Election 2016, Republican Party, Democratic Party
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In  Obergefell v. Hodges , the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are constitutionally entitled to state marriage licenses under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection and due process clauses. Opponents of marriage apartheid celebrate; opponents of same-sex marriage mourn. I fall into the former camp, but I understand the concerns of those who find the ruling devastating. Here are a few tips on how to deal with it ...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Obergefell v. Hodges, SCOTUS, marriage apartheid
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[The Council of Conservative Citizens] is not a new problem for the GOP. It’s been a problem for nearly 30 years. Presidential campaign staffers have been down this rabbit hole in previous election cycles.  Anyone running a serious campaign for the GOP's presidential nomination knows -- or SHOULD know -- that CCC-linked money comes with scandal attached to it.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Election 2016, Council of Conservative Citizens
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The US Supreme Court handed down its ruling in  King v. Burwell  on Wednesday (June 25), putting to rest the question of whether or not certain subsidies created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare") would remain available. The Court ruled against the clear language and intent of the law. In so doing, it greatly improved the Republican Party's slim chances of maintaining its Senate majority, and possibly even winning the White House, in 2016. Yes, really.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, ObamaCare, King v. Burwell, SCOTUS
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The Republican Party has two possible political futures: In one,  it gets libertarian on immigration. In the other it gives up its hopes for the White House not just in 2016, but for the foreseeable future.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, elections, Election 2016, Republican Party, Donald Trump, immigration
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Politicians can't resist the opportunity to pile on to a juicy news story for a quick bit of campaign face time.  The bloodier the better, so in the wake of Kate Steinle's murder in San Francisco, allegedly at the hands of an "illegal immigrant," it's no surprise to see the usual suspects getting their knickers in a public twist over "sanctuary cities." ...  Those of us who are more concerned with the truth than with exploiting a woman's death for cheap political gain...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, immigration, sanctuary cities
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Just as we've tried to separate church and state, let's separate marriage and state! If that's not feasible in its entirety, then let's do so to the greatest degree possible.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, marriage, marriage freedom, same-sex marriage, marriage apartheid,...
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The use of legal force to impede -- or advance -- social change is always a bad idea. Transgender people should not be forced to march through Selma in order to claim equal treatment under the law.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, transgender, Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, Fallon Fox,...
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Planned Parenthood boasts more than 800 local franchises and knocks down a billion dollars a year. Its CEO's salary and benefits top half a million dollars annually; other executives and franchise managers also earn low- to mid-six-figure salaries. It IS a business, full stop. More to the point, Planned Parenthood is a "politically connected" enterprise which games government to subsidize it and protect its  business turf.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, abortion, Planned Parenthood, corporate welfare
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America has a bad case of Hillary fatigue. And where her presidential ambitions are concerned, the affliction is terminal.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, elections, Election 2016, Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton
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At last, the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China) have announced an agreement with Iran limiting that country's nuclear research program. Supporters of the deal proclaim "peace in our time." Opponents cry "Munich!" Which side should you believe? Neither, really. But the deal's supporters have the better case.  Here's what you need to know about the deal ...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Iran, P5+1, nuclear proliferation
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Somewhere, some politician gets a bee in his bonnet and a law gets passed. Not in response to some clear, present, actual danger, but to ensure seamless regulation of all matters, large and small, such that nothing, anything, ever goes unaddressed by the political process. This attitude, which drives modern American politics, stems from the doctrines of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, founder of the political ideology known as fascism. As he put it: "All within the state, nothing...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, California, Richard Pan, Benito Mussolini, fascism, progressivism
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The first and most important thing to understand about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that no, it's not a "free trade" agreement.
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Do you own yourself, or does the state own you? With respect to suicide, this is the only question that matters. To continue living, or not to do so, is the most basic, primal decision each of us makes every minute of every day of our lives. If you own yourself, then by definition the decision to continue living or to end your life -- for any reason, at any time, with or without the assistance of others, in any manner that doesn't violate others' rights -- is yours alone to make.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, suicide, assisted suicide
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The right to think, speak and publish as we please is inseparably linked -- both morally and practically -- to the right to keep and bear arms. It's impossible to support one without supporting the other. And as we can see, the State Department now intends to destroy the latter by destroying the former.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, free speech, gun control
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Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates. The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization "established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners." But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large "in kind"...
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Writing for the Associated Press, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar worries that [the US Supreme Court's ruling in King v. Burwell] "could wipe out health insurance for millions of people." Let me lay that fear to rest. No such outcome is possible, for the simple reason that the health plans addressed by ObamaCare are not insurance.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, ObamaCare, King v. Burwell, Supreme Court of the United States
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Legal prostitution might or might not be pretty, depending on one’s personal moral views. But pretty or not, criminalizing it only makes things worse. It actively harms the women who are the vast majority of sex workers.  It corrupts law enforcement . It exposes sex workers (and their customers) to unnecessary dangers. And it empowers violent pimps and human traffickers by making their way of doing things profitable.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, prostitution, sex workers
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Terrorism,  per WordNet , is “the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.” The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings meet that definition in spades. US president Harry S. Truman  ordered, consciously and with premeditation, the murder of somewhere between 100,000 and 250,000 civilians in pursuit of his political goal of unconditional Japanese surrender.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, war, terrorism
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Ireland's late-May referendum may be a global bellwether. 62% of voters in that largely Catholic country brushed aside the objections of church leaders to legalize same-sex marriage. Some social conservatives, particularly in the United States, seem to have finally got it through their heads that they've lost this battle; they want to move on. A few of them even have an inkling of the best way to go about doing so.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, marriage, marriage apartheid, Alabama
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Tactically, the claim that one is "born this way," rather than "choosing" to be, gay, transgender or transracial, has its benefits. And in the first two cases, while the science may not be completely settled, it does seem to at least tend toward agreement. Strategically and morally, though, "born-this-wayism" is a dangerous trap.
Topics: libertarian, news, politics, Rachel Dolezal
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In special session last week, Florida's House and Senate negotiators agreed on a $2.3 billion budget for the state's Department of Corrections ("State law makers pump up prisons budget," News Service of Florida, June 11). That's about $115 -- or about 14 hours at minimum wage -- from every man, woman and child in Florida. That's more than I pay Netflix for unlimited access to re-runs of "Orange is the New Black." And all for the ignoble purpose of keeping people in cages.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Florida, prisons
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US military interventionism in the 21st century sports a sorry record. The twin unwinnable quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, sprinkled with smaller fiascoes like Libya, Syria and Yemen, make it clear that neither "limited" nor "unlimited" war in the Middle East and Central Asia will ever produce good results.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, war, Iran, Tom Cotton
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In what profession, other than politics, may the putative employee (the "public servant") simply refuse to show his work product to the putative employer (the "public")? None that I'm aware of.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, 9/11, government secrecy
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"There’s a lot of hysteria about this deal [with Iran over nuclear research]," US Secretary of State John Kerry told Israeli TV's Channel 10 on May 3. "People really need to look at the facts, look at the science of what is behind those facts. So let's look at three key facts and one key question.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Iran
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The district concept was implemented before the invention of the telegraph, at a time when most Americans got their news from a local paper and never strayed more than 50 miles from their birthplaces. Local elections made sense then. Today we cross the continent in hours and read worldwide news seconds after it happens (or watch it AS it happens). Why not just have a statewide election for (for example) five seats, in which the five top vote-getters are elected?
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, elections, gerrymander
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Is this latest drug scare a real problem, or just another instance of the hysterical propaganda used to justify marijuana prohibition for 80 years or so? It's hard to tell. I’m inclined to think that it's for real and that "spice" is some bad stuff. But either way, the real problem is prohibition itself.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, war on drugs, prohibition
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Whenever abortion comes up in a political context, pro-choice advocates highlight pro-life candidates’ refusal to support a “rape and incest exception” to any proposed ban on, or regulation of, abortion. The 2016 presidential campaign is no exception. This week  CNN anchor Dana Bash handed the hot potato to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee .
Topics: libertarian, news, politics, libertarian, elections, Election 2016, Republican Party, Mike...
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When it comes to entangling alliances, the "special relationship"between the United States and Israel tends to take center stage. Interposing one's self between a herd of American politicians and an opportunity to appease Benjamin Netanyahu is a good way to get trampled to death. Lately, though, US relations with Saudi Arabia seem to be hogging the spotlight, and not in a good way.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, 9/11, Osama bin Laden, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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The US Army is on track to reduce its size from current levels (490,000 troops) to 450,000 in 2017 and 420,000 by 2019.  In a July 24 editorial , the New York  Times  came out in mild support of the half-measure and against “maintaining bases and a level of troops that go beyond what the country needs and can afford.” The  Times  doesn’t go far enough. The cuts are, at best, a good start. By any reasonable “need and affordability” standard, military (euphemistically referred to...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, military spending, government spending
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At the end of World War II, Second Lieutenant Hiro Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army dismissed rumors of his country's surrender, fading into the Philippine jungle to fight on.  He held out for 29 years before, still dressed in his dilapidated uniform, he surrendered his sword to his former commanding officer in 1974. Every time an American politician or bureaucrat floats some cockamamie new scheme to ban, handicap or regulate strong encryption of computer data, I think of Onoda.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, encryption, James Comey
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It’s not surprising when Ed Mullins leaps to the defense of police officers accused of murder or other criminal abuses. After all, he's president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a New York City police union. Protecting cops is his job. In  a July 14 column for the New York  Post ,  Mullins decries the city's $5.9 million settlement with the family of Eric Garner, who died at the hands -- literally, from a "chokehold" -- of officer Daniel Pantaleo. The settlement,...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, police violence
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I find it painful to compare Chelsea Manning to Hillary Clinton. Chelsea Manning is an American heroine who knowingly exposed classified information for the purpose of revealing war crimes in Iraq and other government lawlessness, including Clinton's orders to her State Department underlings to bug the offices of UN diplomats. Hillary Clinton is a power-monger who carelessly exposed classified information because she believes she's above the law. Like the late Richard Nixon, on whose...
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Presidential candidates work hard to convince ordinary Americans that they're just like us. Regular folks. Put their pants on one leg at a time, you betcha. But nobody clears the airspace for me when I fly into a city.
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Google returns more than 5,000 results on [Scott] Walker's name and the phrase "government dependence." He seems to have focused on it for many years. And on a quick read of his biography, I doff my cap to his stature as world-class expert on the topic.  Apart from some part-time sales work in college and a short stint at the Red Cross, Scott Walker seems to have spent his entire adult life as a "government dependent."
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, elections, Election 2016, Republican Party, Scott Walker
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Freddie Gray's knife was not illegal, because in valid US law there is no such thing as an illegal knife (or gun). State, county and local ordinances which infringe on the right to own or carry any weapon are plainly unconstitutional and therefore void. They are also indescribably stupid and evil.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, 2nd Amendment, RKBA
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Two million Americans, give or take, are at any moment actually behind bars. Some polemicists highlight this figure as "the biggest per capita prison population in the world." I don't know if they’re right (official figures from, say, North Korea are naturally suspect), but they've definitely got a case.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, prison, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton
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Jacksonville, Florida's politicians have, once again, arrived at an impasse on the matter of how to regulate "ride-sharing" services UberX and Lyft (Christopher Hong, "UberX, Lyft remain in limbo as City Council looks to state for new regulations," Florida Times-Union, May 17). Instead of asking the state's legislature to bail out its regulatory regime, perhaps the city council should exchange the "how" for a "whether," and answer "no."
Topics: news, politics, libertarian
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Here's what the politicians don’t want to tell you: Social Security is going to end. ...  The only choice is whether it ends with a bang (total collapse and sudden mass destitution among the elderly) or a whimper (phasing it out with minimum possible harm to those counting on it).
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The standards of behavior for cops should be higher, not lower, than for civilians precisely because of the special powers with which they are entrusted.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Baltimore, police violence
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The early days of this military adventure were marked by spirited debate on its merits and trepidation over the possibility of large-scale chemical warfare and mass US casualties. But by late May of 1991, when I returned home from my tour of duty as a Marine infantry NCO, the war seemed an unqualified success.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Gulf War, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, war, peace
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Since 2004,  according to Gallup , the percentage of Americans who think we need a “third party” has risen from 40% to as high as 60%. The percentage of Americans who think the Republicans and Democrats do an “adequate” job has fallen from 56% to 35%. So, enjoy the circus for now, I guess, but as Donald Trump pedals his giant tricycle around and Hillary Clinton juggles disappearing email servers, keep the “third party” thing in mind …. and don’t forget that there already...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Libertarian Party, elections, Election 2016
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Responsibility is a product of the freedom to learn and grow. When government gets in the way of that freedom, we're all worse off for the increasingly infantilized society that results.
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A new constitutional convention is a bad idea for two reasons, both rooted in our history.
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The goal of terrorism is to terrorize us. What could possibly be a more effective means of that than getting us to live in fear not of some far-away foreign threat, but of our own neighbors? It’s a numbers game, with hooks reaching down into one of the darkest and ugliest aspects of our history: Our racial and ethnic stereotypes and prejudices.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, terrorism
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Checkout lines are inconvenient and annoying, too, but I don't get to fill my cart with groceries and just breeze right on past the register. That would be stealing. It seems to me that there's a similar, if implicit, contract with web content providers. They're not giving me the content, they're selling it to me. The price is letting them put ads in front of me. If I'm not willing to pay that price, I shouldn't expect the publisher to put out.
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, ad blockers
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What we're watching is not a war on terror. It's not desperate police work versus very dire, and very real, threats. It's theater, scripted entirely for public consumption and for the purpose of maintaining the post-9/11 "homeland security" funding bonanza.
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Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates. The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization "established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners." But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large "in kind"...
Topics: news, politics, libertarian, Libertarian Party, Green Party, Commission on Presidential Debates,...